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In Years Past

October 4, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, Arthur E. Hughes, a rancher of Forsyth, Mont. who was at one time believed to be dead, was arrested in a Park Row saloon in New York City on charges of grave robbery, arson and conspiracy to defraud a life insurance company in his native state. He was accused of having stolen the corpse of a neighboring rancher named Craig, placing it in his home, setting fire to the home with the assistance of his wife and then disappearing to let her collect $2,000 insurance on the grounds that the charred remains in the house were his own. The information which led to his arrest came from his wife who was under two indictments herself. Hughes' wife had married a farm hand named Elliot after his "death" and both she and Elliot had been under suspicion for the murder of Hughes.



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